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April 2012 Issue

BRT Survey: Funding Levels Higher, Yet Still a Concern

Nicole Schlosser, Senior Editor

Cited as the top challenge experienced by one-fifth of participating operators. Coming in second was land use coordination, at 17%, down by slightly more than 10% from last year, when it was listed as the top challenge.

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BRT Survey: Funding Levels Higher, Yet Still a Concern
Bus| March 14, 2012

BRT Survey: Funding Levels Higher, Yet Still a Concern

Cited as the top challenge experienced by one-fifth of participating operators. Coming in second was land use coordination, at 17%, down by slightly more than 10% from last year, when it was listed as the top challenge.
Green Projects Help Transit Be More Sustainable Off the Road
Bus| March 15, 2012

Green Projects Help Transit Be More Sustainable Off the Road

Whether it’s adding solar panels or building LEED-certified buildings, agencies are finding ways to be environmentally friendly beyond purchasing alternative-fueled vehicles. METRO takes a look at agencies leading the charge.
Flint MTA Switches to Propane for Savings, Eco-Benefits
Accessibility| March 15, 2012

Flint MTA Switches to Propane for Savings, Eco-Benefits

In 2011, Livonia, Mich.-based manufacturer of propane autogas fuel systems ROUSH CleanTech and its in-state neighbor the Flint Mass Transportation Authority (MTA) unveiled the agency's first propane autogas paratransit vehicle at the BusCon Expo in Chicago.
Bus| March 15, 2012

Public transportation’s green benefits get lost in D.C. debate

Opponents ignore all the evidence that shows that public transportation is one investment that contributes to sustainable economic growth, that you really can have green investments.
Vehicle Lifts Becoming More Affordable, Portable and Sustainable
Bus| March 15, 2012

Vehicle Lifts Becoming More Affordable, Portable and Sustainable

Mobile column lifts have increased steadily in popularity, with many manufacturers and industry veterans foreseeing improvements in the models’ efficiency and effectiveness.
Operator of the Year: Northfield Lines Expands Operation Via Fleet, Customer Diversification
Motorcoach| March 14, 2012

Operator of the Year: Northfield Lines Expands Operation Via Fleet, Customer Diversification

Over the past 23 years, John (pictured) and Larry Benjamin, co-owners of the Minnesota-based business, have built up their companies to become award-winning motorcoach and school bus operations. Meanwhile, the industry says goodbye to Larry, a well-loved member who made invaluable contributions through the UMA.
UMA Expo Touts Tools to Bolster Business
Motorcoach| March 14, 2012

UMA Expo Touts Tools to Bolster Business

Key presentations included NTSB, FMCSA chiefs discussing safety programs, while business executives talked brand building and marketing tactics.
Streetcar Projects Continue Breaking Ground Despite Uncertain Federal Future
Rail| March 14, 2012

Streetcar Projects Continue Breaking Ground Despite Uncertain Federal Future

Federal officials look at new rules to make streetcars more eligible — but overall funding may be cut in budget battles.
San Diego graffiti program tags offenders
Bus| March 14, 2012

San Diego graffiti program tags offenders

The privately-owned Web-based Graffiti Tracker program uses a database that tracks, measures and links graffiti incidents throughout the region.
Dallas’ DART stepping up rail security in wake of shooting
Rail| March 14, 2012

Dallas’ DART stepping up rail security in wake of shooting

Redeployed its 140 police and fare enforcement officers so it has a uniformed presence on every train.

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